Adjunct Professor turned Union Organizer

2005 - 2014

University of California Irvine, California State University Fullerton, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University, Santa Fe Community College, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Teaching Assistant, Lecturer, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Assistant Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Professor

Queer Resource Center Advisor, Senior Project Advisor, Thesis Advisor, Dissertation Advisor, LGBTQ Pride Club Advisor, Volunteer Service Curriculum Committee, President's Diversity Advisory Committee, Committee Chair: Gender Neutral Bathroom working group, Adjunct Representative to Faculty Senate

Service to

$1950, $2350, $3400, $7500, $8000, $8500

$16,000, $27,500, $28,000, $48,900

Gay Porn Video Editor (under the alias Aileen D'Oeuvre), Home Health Care Aide, Caterer, Freelance Videographer, 1099 Contractor at Educational Non-Profit, Independent Artist Mentor, Unemployment Collector

Since 2014, seven colleges have voted to unionize with Local 1021.

Three have ratified union contracts.

One school included tenure faculty following the lead of adjunct faculty in the organizing, challenging the 1980 Yeshiva ruling that all tenured faculty are management.

MFA, Studio Art, UC Irvine

MA, Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University

BA, Visual Art, Antioch College

degrees earned


student debt owed


irs debt owed


bankruptcy charge off
then Agitate

A 2014 essay about my move from teaching to organizing.

Hint: it wasn't easy.

An interview about my professional and economic realities as an Adjunct Professor. (click on link above)

Inside Higher Ed, March 2014

Originally published on Fugitive Faculty blogsite, to be published in the forthcoming anthology, "Teaching Poor."

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to read essay

Another recent  essay

tracing the use of art as an organizing tool in the 

Adjunct Union movement. 

(click on link above)

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to read essay

Published in issue 18 of make/shift: feminisims in motion. 

A recent essay about finding myself standing in the midst of a new labor movement

Published on the New Faculty Majority Blog, "Majority Rule."

Labor Pains

Visual Culture, American Studies, Photoshop, Video Production, Media Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Queer Studies, Cultural Studies, Volunteer/Service Learning, Continuing Education Writing, Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshops

I Taught
Union Organizer
SEIU 1021
I Taught
I Had
Other Jobs While A Professor

Adjunct Professor

Turned Union Organizer

"Service" is generally unpaid work
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